Maya van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leads the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN). She heads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who monitor the River and all of its tributaries for threats and challenges, and who then take this…READ MORE
Maya van Rossum is the Delaware Riverkeeper and leads the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN). She heads a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who monitor the River and all of its tributaries for threats and challenges, and who then take this information and advocate, educate and litigate for protection, restoration and change. The Delaware Riverkeeper and Delaware Riverkeeper Network work to restore natural balance in the River and watershed where it has been lost, and to ensure preservation where it still exists.
In 1994, Maya came to work at the DRN. By 1996, she had been appointed the Delaware Riverkeeper. She testifies before state and national governing bodies, organizes concerned citizens, and keeps a close watch on the Delaware. Often, she is out on the water herself, keeping an eye on the River and looking for signs of pollution and illegal activity.
Maya earned her J.D. from Pace University School of Law, and then earned an LL.M. in Corporate Finance from the Widener University School of Law. While at Pace she worked with and for the Hudson Riverkeeper and discovered her passion for Riverkeeping. Upon graduation from law school and her successful admission to the bars for PA, NJ and DC, she was appointed staff attorney and student supervisor for the Widener Environmental Law Clinic, then representing the Delaware Riverkeeper Network in litigation. After completion of this two-year appointment and her LL.M degree, Maya went to work for the DRN and started her journey to be the Delaware Riverkeeper. A committed environmentalist, Maya relishes her role as an advocate for our River on behalf of thousands of DRN members who are passionate about clean water and a healthy environment.